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Article 370 abolished because J&K was Muslim-dominated, Says P Chidambaram

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Former union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday lambasted the BJP for abrogation of Article 370, saying the saffron party would not have “snatched away” the special status had Jammu and Kashmir been a Hindu-dominated state.

Alleging that BJP revoked the Article with its “muscle power”, he said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was unstable and that international news agencies were covering the unrest, but not Indian media houses.

“They (BJP) claim Kashmir is stable. Is it? Does it mean stable if Indian media houses don’t cover the unrest in J&K?”

He also took potshots at seven regional parties ruling in seven states, saying they did not cooperate against the BJP’s move in the Rajya Sabha out of “fear”.

Expressing dissatisfaction over non-cooperation of opposition parties, Chidambaram said, “I know we do not have majority in Lok Sabha, but had the seven parties (AIADMK, YSRCP, TRS, BJD, AAP, TMC, and JDU) cooperated, the opposition would have been in majority in RS. This is something disappointing,”

TMC did a walkout, but what’s the difference, he asked.

Around 10,000 people protested in Soura in J and K is a truth, police action took place is a truth and shootings happened during the stir is a truth” Chidambaram said at a public meeting held here to condemn the BJP’s move.

Chidambaram said that in the 70-year history of the nation, there has never been an example of a state being reduced to a Union Territory and it has always been the converse.

“Today, Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into a municipality…There are special provisions for other states under Article 371, why only J and K…This is because of religious fanaticism.

If J&K was a Hindu dominated state, BJP would not have done this. They did it only because the region is dominated by Muslims,” the former union minister alleged.

“BJP is bragging of integrating Kashmir with muscle power,” he added.

Emphasising that there was never a conflict between former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and former home minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Chidambaram said, “Patel was never an RSS functionary. They (BJP) don’t have any leader, they are stealing our leader. No matter who steals, history doesn’t forget to whom the product belongs.”

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “selectively” talking about laws that do not apply for J&K on the day he addressed the nation after abrogation of Article 370, the Congress leader said, “I can list out 90 other laws that apply to J&K.”

Terming Congress leaders who quit the party as of “18 carat” quality, Chidambaram said only those still staying with the grand old party are of 22 and 24 carat quality.

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Lethal bomb explosion hits Baghdad amid Anti-Government protest

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Baghdad: A lethal bomb blast has exploded in central Baghdad, the hub of anti-government protests which have gripped Iraq for weeks, as clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi safety forces resumed.

At least six people were killed and around 30 others suffered injuries when a bomb placed under a vehicle detonated near Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad blast.

The blast, which happened at night, targeted a crowded area in al-Tayaran Square, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told Xinhua news agency on conditions of anonymity.

It was the very first these incident in the cash due to the fact the demonstrations began in early October, even though it was not quickly very clear no matter if the explosion close to Tayaran Sq. and Tahrir Square specific the protesters.

Protesters had repeatedly regrouped from under clouds of tear gas as they fought to tear down a concrete wall blocking access to Khilani Square.

Security forces erected the barrier to keep the demonstrations from crossing a bridge that leads to the fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies.

The clashes come as rights teams condemned using extreme pressure by police and safety forces when coping with peaceable demonstrators, in addition to medical employees and ambulances.

Since October 1, Iraqis have been pouring onto the streets of Baghdad and southern cities to protest in opposition to corruption and the federal government’s failure to ship fundamental companies and financial alternatives.

The protesters’ calls for have since widened to incorporate the resignation of the federal government and a full overhaul of the nation’s political system, which was established after a US-led invasion that critics say has allowed sure people and teams to counterpoint themselves and increase their affect.

A minimum of 320 folks have died since October 1 with greater than 15,000 wounded through the protests, in line with the Iraqi Parliament human rights fee.

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